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A Journey Through the Ancient Temples of Kyoto
A Journey Through the Ancient Temples of Kyoto
May 18, 2022

Over 1,600 centuries-old temples dot Japan’s cultural capital, each one breathtaking in its grandeur and history! Three of Kyoto’s best temples are featured in this article, all of which are must-visits while in the city.

Get ready to embark on a cultural voyage of a lifetime!

DAITOKUJI OBAI-IN, A HISTORIC ZEN TEMPLE FOUNDED IN 1562

(photo by @meroceanyon⁠)

The history of Daitokuji Obai-in dates back to 1562 where Oda Nobunaga built this temple to commemorate his late father. After he was killed by a rebellion within his ranks, his subject Toyotomi Hideyoshi renovated the temple. Hideyoshi also ordered Sen-no-Rikyu, the renowned tea master, to design the famous moss garden which is known to us as Jikicu-tei today.⁠

Check-out this breathtakingly stunning temple this Spring. Grounds are open until 15th May!⁠

BYODOIN TEMPLE, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Ever notice the temple carved into the Japanese ten yen coin? ⁠

Founded in 1092, Byodoin Temple tells a significant story of Japan’s history. As part of the Buddhist Pure Land architecture, the temple represents the Pure Land Paradise and is home to National Treasures such as the Phoenix Hall. The hall is known as nearly the only surviving example of the glorious Fujiwara Regent Period, and as such, is one of Japan’s most significant cultural assets.⁠

Discover this ancient site and its significance to Japan on your next visit.⁠

ROKKAKUDO TEMPLE, KYOTO CITY’S HIDDEN GEM

(photo by @tera_2002)

Did you know Ikebana; the art of flower arranging, originated from a small temple in the heart of Kyoto City?⁠

The Choho-ji temple, better known as Rokkakudo, is one of Kyoto’s most ancient temples. According to legend, the origins of Ikebana can be traced back to the 15th century, when Sankei Ikenobo, one of the temple’s monks, invented a style of flower arranging which was passed down over the centuries.⁠

Since this temple is just a 5-minute walk from our hotel, make it your first stop when you visit! ⁠

Kyoto is recognized as the epicentre of Japanese culture for a reason. It’s a great destination to immerse yourself in historic temples and spiritual sites while exploring cultural identities. For more temple-trip recommendations and travel ideas for your Kyoto itinerary, follow us @mirukyoto!

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